The last post wondered if your average Exceller was a bit of a dinosaur.
Here I wonder if it is the opposite, or a combination.
I think when a spreadsheet user first builds a model they are being truly cutting edge in a great many cases. They are pushing their, and often their organisations understanding of their data resources. Later when they adapt that model for new knowledge or changes in process, still some cutting edgedness.
When they finally stabilise the spreadsheet and just start updating the data and grinding the handle, at that point I start to see the dinosaur aspect creeping in.
Spreadsheets are great for discovering new insight, once that has stabilsed into a regular report or dashboard, at that point I think there could be advantages to looking beyond spreadsheets, at least for some parts.
Examples would be server based tech that allows multiple users, or compiled components that provide more stability, other presentation options, etc.
What do you think?